BRIEF HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN
HUNTING BASSET ASSOCIATION
The American Hunting Basset Association began as the Basset
Division of the American Rabbit Hound Association and remained with ARHA until
March 2001. The AHBA Registry is now a separate 501c not for profit.. The
competition is controlled by the AHBA Board of Directors, under the leadership
of the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Kevin Biery.
On February 10, 1990, the first two bassets were entered in ARHA competition.
They ran against beagles in this hunt. There were 17 hounds entered in this
competition and the bassets finished third and fourth. There was also a basset
name JRK Bunny Troubles that ran, and place in the 1990 AHRA Big Pack World
Hunt. After these two events it was decided that bassets must have their own
division. The three people who were the most instrumental in starting the
Basset Division were from Oklahoma, JoAnn Lawrence, Rita and Jacob James. They
held the first Basset World Hunt in Golden, Oklahoma, December 11, 1993. There
were 13 bassets entered in this hunt. The AHBA has grown exponentially since.
AHBA Committees Chairman